• Industry boosters flaunt facets of flexo at Drupa

    March 25, 2008
    Industry boosters flaunt facets of flexo at Drupa Normally flexo plays a walk-on part at the Drupa shows. This time an alliance of 19 graphic arts suppliers intend to raise its profile and “change perceptions about using the process in packagi…

  • Joint leaflet-label

    March 25, 2008
    Joint leaflet-label venture in India Fix-a-Form International, the UK-based licensor of multi-page leaflet labels, has set up a joint venture in India to become an equal partner with Unick FAF & Printers. It has also funded the installation of…

  • GEW and Sadechaf

    March 25, 2008
    GEW and Sadechaf form Benelux alliance GEW (EC) Ltd. has strengthened its presence in the Benelux countries by forming an alliance with Sadechaf UV and IR Technology to sell and service its equipment in the region. The Belgium company is privately…

  • Signing off with a look back at European trends

    March 25, 2008
    Signing off with a look back at European trends After nine years or so, this is my final Europe column. Wearing my somewhat battered freelance hat, I will still be scribbling selectively on the labeling scene, but it’s now time to be doing oth…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    March 14, 2008
    Drupa is the showcase for the latest inkjet technology

  • Label materials take a hit

    January 16, 2008
    In what could be a sign of tougher times ahead for certain sectors of our industry, UPM, the Finnish papermaking giant, is reducing capacity. It is closing three of UPM Raflatac’s older pressure-sensitive coating lines in Tampere, Finland, plus…

  • Spotlight on end use

    January 16, 2008
    Spotlight on end use of waste plastics What happens to waste plastics in the recycling chain might not be of immediate interest to narrow web converters, but there is an obvious connection given a greater accent on packaging. In many European count…

  • Wide-width inkjet seen as alternative to printing labels

    January 16, 2008
    Wide-width inkjet seen as alternative to printing labels So far it has been largely impractical to print quality images directly onto a packaging medium using inkjet technology. Tonejet thinks it has cracked the problem. As part off The Technology P…

  • Stork Prints sold

    January 16, 2008
    Stork Prints sold to equity firm The takeover of Stork Prints Group by fellow Dutch company Bencis Capital Partners means that most of the major international prepress suppliers have given up their independence to become part of largely anonymous i…

  • Huge pharma order places the accent on the tactile

    January 16, 2008
    Huge pharma order places the accent on the tactile Ditone Labels, part of Clondalkin’s specialist packaging division, has won an order to produce 20 million Braille labels over the next two years for Aspar, a manufacturer of analgesic products…

  • Tough year ahead for UK converters, says analyst

    January 16, 2008
    Tough year ahead for UK converters, says analyst According to business analyst Plimsoll Publishing, UK label converters face tough trading conditions. “Almost every sector of British business stands at a crossroads as it prepares for the comin…

  • Narrow Web Europe

    January 15, 2008
    Label materials take a hit as UPM cuts back production

  • Two plants are sold

    November 19, 2007
    The Macfarlane Group, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of packaging for consumer products, has sold two “non-strategic” and loss-making operations in California and Mexico to Specialized Packaging Group (SPG) for US$7.73 million in…

  • Madico introduces

    November 19, 2007
    Madico introduces cryogenic labelstocks Cryogenic labeling is one of the industry’s more esoteric applications. It is used by clinical and biomedical research laboratories, and in similar scientific environments, to identify plastic and glas…

  • Multi-ply products boost

    November 19, 2007
    Multi-ply products boost for German label converter To meet increased sales of multi-ply promotional labels, Rolf Ritter GmbH recently installed its fourth MPS UV flexo press, an EF 410 model. The servo-driven configuration includes 10 flexo units…

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